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Business
12:47 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Chamber Members/Business Leaders Back From SA To D.C. Trip

Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

San Antonio business leaders have returned home optimistic after a week-long lobbying trip to Washington.

Business leaders, along with officials from the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, target certain projects and issues every year as Congress starts looking at new legislation.

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Texas Business
3:57 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Unemployment Slightly Up In Texas, But Still Lower Than A Year Ago

Construction workers install pilings for solar trusses at OCI's newest location in San Antonio. OCI pledged to bring more than 800 new clean energy jobs to San Antonio.
Eileen Pace TPR

Unemployment figures released Friday had bad news and good news for Texas. 

The good news is that over the past year, unemployment in the state has declined almost a full percentage point and remains below the national rate of 7.9 percent for January.

The bad news is that unemployment rose slightly in Texas for the month of January to 6.3 percent; prior to January, the jobless rate had been declining for six months.

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Community Safety
2:41 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

New Crosswalk Makes Crossing Fredericksburg Road A Little Safer

A group of residents, along with media crews and Dist. 7 Councilman Cris Medina, test out the HAWK crosswalk on Fredericksburg Road.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Last year San Antonio Police reported that dozens of people were struck and killed crossing busy roadways. As a result, Police Chief William McManus instituted stricter jaywalking policies.

However, people continued illegally crossing the street, and one area where it kept happening was on Fredericksburg Road, which sees more than 16,000 cars each day.

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Texas Legislature
12:11 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Texas Lawmaker Targets LCRA For Oversight & Re-Structuring

Lower Colorado River Authority

State Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, is hoping to changing the way the Lower Colorado River Authority does business.  She has authored a set of bills -- HB 585 and HB 635 -- which would submit the LCRA's operations and its board members before the Sunset Advisory Commission.

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Higher Education
9:20 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Should College Students Be Required To Do Community Service In Order To Graduate?

San Antonio's Trey Martinez Fischer wants to require college students to do community service before they can graduate.
Chris Eudaily Texas Public Radio

A law being floated in the Texas House would require college students to perform community service before they would be allowed to graduate.

San Antonio Representative Trey Martinez Fisher says he wrote the bill with one objective in mind.

"We want to make sure our students are coming out of college with a well-rounded experience"

Martinez Fischer points out that there needs to be a meaningful experience for students that is outside of the academic framework. 

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Community Health
5:20 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

B-Cycle Bike Share Expands East, North Up To The Witte

Patrons checkout B-Cycles at the Witte Museum during a special touring ride of the new stations.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

As B-cycle nears its two year anniversary in San Antonio, five new stations north and east of downtown have been installed.

The new B-cycle stations are at the Zoo, the Witte Museum, Tri-point YMCA, the South St. Mary’s Acemart and Sunset Station. The station at the Witte is now the farthest northern location.  

There are now 35 stations and B-Cycle executive director Cindy Snell said they hope to have 50 stations by the end of this year.

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Bexar County Education
4:03 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Bill Seeks To Study District Consolidation In Bexar County

This map generated by NEISD shows the boundries of the different school distrcits that fall into Bexar County.
NEISD

State Rep. Roland Gutierrez, D-San Antonio wants the 17 public school districts in Bexar County like Northside, Northeast, SAISD, and Edgewood re-evaluated to see if consolidation would help make the adminstrative side more efficient.

"I’m not an expert in this field, but I would imagine that there are some inefficiencies when you have 17 different police departments, 17 cafeteria departments, 17 different IT departments, 17 sets of superintendents and executives," Gutierrez said.

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Downtown Development
2:51 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Inner-City Reinvestment Progress Report From Henry Cisneros

Broadway is in the midst of revitalization and events like Síclovía get residents out to enjoy the downtown area.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Mayor Julián Castro's movement to re-energize downtown is at the heart of dozens of active projects, and one of the goals of the mayor's transformation programs, SA2020, is to attract people to the city core by building 7,500 apartment units.

One of Castro's confidants is Henry Cisneros, who leads CityView, a company that works with builders to create homes priced within the range of average families.

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Back In School
2:00 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Pilot SAISD Robot Program Allows Chronically Ill Student To Attend Class

Miranda plays a guessing game with her classmates. She asks questions to receive hints on what animal or insect is infront of her.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

8-year-old Miranda Garcia is playing a guessing game with her classmates. She’s a normal 3rd grader, except that when schools in session, she’s at home due to a chronic illness.

Like most kids with her kind of condition, she can’t attend school, and has a teacher visit several times a week, but the robot allows her to view into the classroom, see the teacher and interact with her class.

Her classmates see her through a video screen in the vertical robot on wheels and Garcia controls the robot from laptop at home using the Wi-Fi in the school to connect to the device.

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Broadway Fire
10:50 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Fire Department Investigating Cause Of Downtown Fire In Vacant Building

Water flows down Broadway as firefighters battle the two-alarm fire at an empty building downtown.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Arson investigators are looking into a two-alarm fire that engulfed a vacant building downtown last night. More than 100 firefighters worked to put out the flames near a hotel at Third and Broadway.

Firefighters battled stubborn flames for hours with gallons of water flowing onto the street below making it look more like the Riverwalk.

"We arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the second floor," said District Fire Chief Keith Crusius, who said people at the nearby Travelers Hotel self-evacuated.

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